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I contacted one of the 214 Accutron specialists about a case back gasket for one of my 214s. Price was $15 + S&H. His response: minimum order is $45! I don't need $45 worth of parts, just one $15 gasket. I don't see a $15 order as to small to process. Later this year I was going to purchase a $95 item from the same person. With that attitude he won't be getting any of my business. Sometimes folks think a little to highly of themselves.
 

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That doesn't sound like a very good business practice to me. Who knows what a good customer may buy someday ?
 

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Why not just buy both parts now? I hate it when that happens.
It all comes down to available funds. I have several watches waiting to be serviced. This watch is not one of them. I have found another source that sells without the minimum. I can understand that practice for registered dealers and/or watchmakers but not for individuals. How much cost and effort does it take to drop one gasket into an envelope, address the envelope and put a stamp on it? I believe this dealer is operating under the premise that any current day Accutron owner or collector is wealthy and money is no object. The first e-mail from yesterday indicated a minimum order of $45 while a subsequent e-mail today indicated $35.

Oh well, I'll get of my soap box now. Just don't think that is a very smart business practice.
 

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I agree with you. There are a few parts I need that I'm waiting to order all at once as well. And nobody wants to pay $45 for a gasket. There are some on ebay, but they don't have those little ridges on the inner edge like the 214 gaskets have (unless that is just from being crushed for years), so I'm not sure they are authentic.
 

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I agree with you. There are a few parts I need that I'm waiting to order all at once as well. And nobody wants to pay $45 for a gasket. There are some on ebay, but they don't have those little ridges on the inner edge like the 214 gaskets have (unless that is just from being crushed for years), so I'm not sure they are authentic.
My response to him was basically what I have said here on the forum. I am now identified as one who mindlessly fires off angry letters at people who can't accommodate them.

No, those gaskets are just large o-rings. That's what many folks are now using since they can no longer get the original style. Having seen one installed, I don't like that style. At $15 + S&H a pop, I can't say I blame some watchmakers for not using the original style. Out of 8 214s I have, only one is in need of a new gasket. All others have gaskets in good condition.
 

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I've got a friend working on getting the original 214 back gasket produced. I told him im in for a 1000. Will let you all know when he gets them in. Might be a few months though
 

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I've got a friend working on getting the original 214 back gasket produced. I told him im in for a 1000. Will let you all know when he gets them in. Might be a few months though
That would be great! I don't mind buying multiples just don't like being told I have to do so.
 
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